Class IV Laser or cold laser therapy is the use of an intense beam of light directed into tissues to reduce pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate healing. Laser lights are simply a uniform and orderly light with a single wavelength. When used in therapy, they cause electromagnetic energy to interact chemically and biologically with tissue causing “photobiostimulation.” This process is not a novel concept as we see in our own bodies that sunlight elicits our skin cells to form Vitamin D.
How does laser therapy reduce pain?
- Through its effect on nerve cells and pain receptors
- Increased release of tissue endorphins
- Increased threshold before pain is felt
- Pain perception is decreased
- Reduced neuronal impulses
How does laser therapy reduce inflammation?
- Decreased release of prostaglandins and inflammatory mediators
- Reducing edema through dilation of lymphatic vessels
- Increased activity of specific white blood cells
How does laser therapy accelerate healing?
- Increased new blood vessel formation and capillary production
- Stimulation of fibroblast activity and collagen production
- By increasing blood flow from vasodilation
- Increased release of cytokines
What are some of the conditions that would benefit from laser therapy?
- Surgical Incisions
- Ear infections
- Muscle spasms
- Bladder inflammation &/or infection
- Skin infections
- Lick granulomas
- Disk disease
- Dental disease
How long does the treatment take?
The laser hand piece is moved in a scanning motion over the affected tissue. Treatments take 3-5 minutes for each affected area. Patients tolerate treatments very well, experiencing a gentle and pleasant warming sensation in the tissue. Most patients relax as treatments are administered.
Acute conditions may only need 1-3 treatments, while more chronic conditions need more. Specific treatment protocols are developed based on the condition and severity.
How do I find out if laser therapy will benefit my pet?
Book an appointment for a complete physical examination. Diagnostic tests may be needed for an accurate diagnosis and to help determine the best treatment for the individual pet and owner. If laser therapy is needed, a therapy protocol will be developed.
If you think your pet may benefit from laser therapy, please call us at (405) 533-0001 to schedule a consultation.